Tayside and Central Scotland

Body of fisherman found in River South Esk

The body of a 81-year-old fisherman who was reported missing has been found in a river near Forfar, Angus.

Tayside Police said the man had been dropped off at the Inshewan Estate at about 1100 BST by a friend who was to join him fishing.

When the woman returned from parking her car moments later, he had gone missing. She searched the river bank before raising the alarm.

The body was recovered from the River South Esk at about 1430 BST.

Tayside Police - including officers with swift water rescue training - helped search for the man, as well as members of Tayside Fire Service and the Tayside Mountain Rescue Team.

The Scottish Ambulance Service and an RAF helicopter were also involved in the operation.

A police spokesman said: "The emergency services are extremely grateful for the assistance they received from local residents and estate workers in assisting with efforts to trace the missing man.

"Efforts to find the pensioner were quickly underway and tragically his body was discovered at about 2.30pm and recovered from the fast flowing water."

The man has not yet been formally identified.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

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